Surveillance Without Warrant

Tiernan Ray ascribes most of Google, Amazon, and Facebook’s “stock market leadership to their ability to create and supply digital gadgets and service” (“Breaking Up Tech”, cover story, Oct 21).  This statement ignores a more basic business practice of these companies (and others): to collect and monetize user information – emails and addresses, searches, purchases, friends and networks, web-browsing habits, and more.  This data collection, integration, analysis and selling allows marketing and targeting by any purchaser, but also enables surveillance without warrant by our government through the National Security Agency, which operates without judicial or legislative constraint, and against which neither we nor Google, Amazon, and Facebook have any recourse or form of redress.  – Jackie Button, letter to the editor at Barrons

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